In the end, it didn’t matter.
After the Tigers’ 2017 season, their best recruit, 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end Myles Garrett, committed to Auburn.
He didn’t have a spot on the team, but he was already in the starting lineup.
And then, when Garrett announced his commitment to Alabama, he also committed to the Tigers.
The 2017 recruiting class had an average weight of 6.4 pounds over the weight class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The Tigers also had four-star running back Jalin Marshall (6-3, 225) in the class, which was the highest number in the SEC.
When the class was released in September 2018, 247Sports had Auburn ranked second in the nation in recruiting class rankings.
That was a year after Garrett’s announcement, which meant the Tigers were not just the biggest name in the state, they were also the largest name in college football.
And with Garrett’s decision, it was clear that Auburn was getting a bigger, better player than what they had in the 2017 class.
The recruiting process is an intricate and complicated one.
And it’s easy to get swept up in the hype, as when Auburn is on top of the recruiting rankings.
But for many players, that hype comes with a price.
After signing to Auburn, many thought they were getting a star in their future.
Now, that star is gone.
The 2019 class is the most talented in the country.
That is a testament to Garrett, who made a strong statement that he was a star on the field, and now the Tigers need to show the rest of the country that they can win.
In the 2019 recruiting class, there are eight players who have a combined 247Sports composite rating of 4.3 or higher.
Only four have more than one: quarterback Alex Collins, defensive end/outside linebacker Jonathan Allen, running back Jalen Hurd, and defensive end Deandre Smith.
They all rank in the top five in the conference in both overall recruiting rankings and total number of recruits per class.
But they all also rank at the bottom of the conference.
Collins has been the best player of the group, ranked seventh in the league in overall recruiting ranking, while Allen is ranked 12th in total number recruits per season, and Hurd is ranked 20th in the recruiting class.
With Collins and Allen, the Tigers have a talented group that should help them on the recruiting trail.
But there are also some questions about what they can do when the season is over.
What does this recruiting class look like when the 2019 season is done?
The 2019 recruiting classes are listed in order of cumulative recruiting rankings (see graph above).
Alabama has the most total recruits in the program, with 14 players, followed by Auburn (8), LSU (7), and Ole Miss (6).
That means Alabama has three players in the rankings, which means it has the best overall recruiting class in the history of the sport.
The LSU and Ole Mississippi players are the only two that are ranked in the bottom five of the nation, with the Crimson Tide ranked 15th and Ole Lady ranked 26th.
It makes sense that the Tide would be ranked so high, given that they have been consistently ranked higher than the rest in the past two years.
And the Crimson and Tigers also have a strong defensive line, led by defensive tackle Jevon Carter and defensive tackle Derrick Malone.
But those three are the exceptions.
The best player in the 2019 class?
That’s up for debate.
Garrett is ranked 10th among the top 20 recruits in 247Sports’ Composite rankings and is one of the top defensive linemen in the draft class.
Allen is the top player in his class, and he is ranked 13th overall.
He has the strength and athleticism to play at a high level, but the question is whether he has the football intelligence to be an effective starter.
Both of these players are considered to be the most explosive athletes in the 2018 class.
That’s something that needs to be addressed.
And this year, the best players in each class have had their numbers drop.
The 2018 class was the best in the NCAA in terms of total recruits, and it was the only one with at least six players ranked in either the top 10 or the bottom 20 in the 247 Sports composite.
There were two players ranked higher in the ranking than the top 30, and the top 15 players in both the 2018 and 2019 classes ranked lower than the 25th-ranked player in both classes.
That means that the 2018 recruits ranked lower in the composite than the 2019 recruits.
When it comes to offensive linemen, the 2018 classes were the best and the 2019 classes were still the best.
The Crimson Tide has five players ranked ahead of their 2017 class, including defensive tackle Josh Henderson, a six-star recruit who was a consensus All-American and national player of year.
The two other linemen who have started for Alabama in the last two years are 6-3 center Samaje Per